“My advice to all three Ministers is that the last place they want to end up is between myself the Prime Minister on the issue of exposing corruption and end up being the subject of my social media posts on the same issue.”
~ Hon Bryan Kramer.
NALI and POST COURIER CONFUSED OVER SIMPLE QUESTION.
Yesterday the Post Courier reported Mendi MP Michael Nali slamming Madang MP Bryan Kramer for trying to use parliament to fast-track the arrest of former MP Nixon Duban.
The PC stated “Mr Nali said it was getting to a point where Members of Parliament are trying to get the Police Minister to give directions to arrest the former MP for alleged fraud.”
“We are getting into the extreme of getting ministers on the floor of parliament, especially the Minister for Police, to give directions to arrest. This is unheard off and should not be tolerated because the police are there to do their job, don’t use the floor of Parliament, this is totally wrong,” Mr Nali said.”
“Do not use the floor of parliament to get the minister to give you an answer. You are getting him to say ‘yes’, ‘he will be arrested’. Is this the work of the minister or the police? This is completely wrong.”
Mr Nali said this when interjecting in a point of order to a question raised by myself in relation to evidence of corruption implicating Prime Minister and former Member of Madang Nixon Duban.
“North Waghi MP Fabian Pok and Imbonggu MP Pila Nininga also interjected claiming the question should not be entertained.”
So was Nali correct?
The short answer is No.
I never requested or instructed the Police Minister to fast track the arrest of the former Member of Madang.
If Nali had taken the time to actually listen and allow me to complete my line of questioning he would have avoided confusing himself over what I actually asked versus what the claimed I was asking.
An extract of my question is provided below:
“Mr. Speaker my question without notice is directed to the Minister of Police”
“Mr Speaker, yesterday the Prime Minister stated if I have evidence in relation to fraud against the former Member of Madang, Nixon Duban then I should take it police and quote “they will rightfully arrest and charge him”.
“While I appreciate the Prime Minister request he should note that this matter was reported to Police back in 2013 following the courts findings.”
“However it appears on account Mr. Duban was the former Minsiter of Police and closely associated to the Prime Minister no actual action was taken.”
“This was even after I writing on numerous occasions to both the then Police Commissioner, Director of Crimes including the Director Anti-Corruption & Fraud Directorate.”
“Unfortunately the repeated response I received was that due to fact the matter involves persons occupying high political office Police were finding it difficult to progress the matter.”
“So the Prime Minister can take note that evidence has been taken to Police so the only issue left to address is Police effecting Duban’s arrest and charges laid.”
“So my question to Minister of Police and Member of Gazaelle now that your Prime Minister has gone on record stating Duban should be rightfully arrested I have prepared a brief, attached with evidence you so that he raise the matter with the Police Commissioner”
“Now I understand the Minister of Police powers are restricted to policy and he has no authority or direction over any member of the Police Force.”
“However he does have a fiduciary responsibility to remind the Commissioner of Police that he occupies a constitutional office and therefore obligated to uphold the oath he took promising that he will uphold the Constitution and the laws of Papua New Guinea.”
“A court of law has made a finding of fact of fraud committed by former Minister of Police and Member of Madang therefore is no real reason for them not to act by effecting Duban’s arrest and appropriate charges laid.”
It is clear following the revelation of evidence implicating the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill on the floor of Parliament, members in Government ranks were caught off guard. I can only assume they were severely reprimanded the next morning during Government caucus for failing to come to the Prime Ministers aid the day before. I say this because when I raised the issue a second time the next day it seemed as if they were falling over themselves to interject and in attempt to shut me down from putting a question to Minister of Police.
What Mr. Nali needs to appreciate is that the game of politics in PNG is changing where the political patronage and old school politics of yesterday will have no or little place in the politics of tomorrow.
Interesting enough I recall conversation I had with Mr. Nali at the Laguna Hotel following the failed vote of no confidence against Peter O’Neill last year, where he shared his strategy to be re-elected in 2017 elections. He also express some interesting views about the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s leadership, for his benefit I won’t repeat here.
I’m also aware that O’Neill has little trust in Nali Ninigi and Pok, confirmed by the fact before Sam Basil defected to the Government he claimed O’Neill told him Pangu would receive the two Ministry portfolios held by Nali and Ninigi. Further still the Dr. Fabian Pok was stripped of Energy which was given to Basil.
Perhaps Nali, Ninigi and Pok saw the opportunity to prove their loyalty to O’Neill by preventing me from raising the issue again.
My advice to all three Ministers is that the last place they want to end up is between myself the Prime Minister on the issue of exposing corruption and end up being the subject of my social media posts on the same issue.
By Hon Bryan Kramer.